Paparazzi

1997
Bronze
152 x 80 x 30 cm
Edition of 9

Groups are seldom benign, whether massed people, flocks of birds or herds of animals - there is always an element of unease and unpredictability about them. As with Gregory's very successful series, Bag Men (1993), featured in A Vision for Twentieth Century Sculpture, this parade of anthropomorphic cameras gives rise to feelings of revulsion, horror and humour. The cameras on vultures' legs hold a menacing stance and with their undeniably black patina, possess a threatening character, which is intensified by their group presence. Hunting in a pack, they survive, but ultimately this is the survival of the fittest as they seemingly jostle for position to get the best shot.

As research for this project Gregory collected still cameras and movie cameras in antique markets and second-hand shops, and used them to create different characters within the group. Their individuality is emphasised in different ways: through the cameras bellows, placement of camera vertically or horizontally etc. The smallest of these dark beings sneak to the fore to gain a better view, the extended claw of one towards the rear menaces both his colleagues and their prey. The glistening eyes of the lenses, their penetrating collective eye, serve to emphasise their intent, and are a subtle but essential touch in this assembly.

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About The Artist

Steven Gregory's body of work combines a variety of materials, that includes electronic parts, semi–precious stones and bronze. Gregory manages to create works with undertones of emotional profundity and humour. For instance his use of human remains is undoubtedly morbid and reflective on mortality, however by beading these skulls in precious jewels Gregory exposes his no-nonsense approach to materials and illustrates his wicked sense of humour. Gregory draws on his traditional stonemason skills to create works that ostensibly appear neo-classical and conventionally formal, but upon further investigation pop with unusual juxtapositions of our natural and manmade world and hang somewhere between abstract and figurative sculpture.

Steven Gregory

Born: 1952

Other Artworks by Steven Gregory at CASS

1999

One of Us on a Tricycle (Small)

This is the smaller partner sculpture to Gregory's larger work. Gregory's practice is often marked by his acerbic wit an…

1998

The Two of Us

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